What does delegate mean?

Definitions for delegate
ˈdɛl ɪ gɪt, -ˌgeɪt; -ˌgeɪtdel·e·gate

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word delegate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delegateverb

    a person appointed or elected to represent others

  2. delegate, deputeverb

    transfer power to someone

  3. delegate, designate, depute, assignverb

    give an assignment to (a person) to a post, or assign a task to (a person)


  1. delegatenoun

    a person authorized to act as representative for another; a deputy

  2. delegatenoun

    a representative at a conference, etc.

  3. delegatenoun

    an appointed representative in some legislative bodies

  4. delegatenoun

    a type of variable storing a reference to a method with a particular signature, analogous to a function pointer

  5. delegateverb

    to authorize someone to be a delegate

  6. delegateverb

    to commit a task to someone, especially a subordinate

  7. delegateverb

    to give away authority over a subdomain; to allow someone else to create sub-subdomains of a subdomain of yours

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Delegateadjective

    Deputed; sent to act for, or represent another.

    Etymology: delegatus, Latin.

    Princes in judgment, and their delegate judges, must judge the causes of all persons uprightly and impartially. Taylor.

  2. Delegatenoun

    Etymology: delegatus, Latin.

    If after her
    Any shall live, which dare true good prefer,
    Every such person is her delegate,
    T’ accomplish that which should have been her fate. John Donne.

    There must be severe exactors of accounts from their delegates and ministers of justice. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    Let the young Austrian then her terrours bear;
    Great as he is, her delegate in war. Matthew Prior.

    Elect by Jove, his delegate of sway,
    With joyous pride the summons I’d obey. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

  3. To DELEGATEverb

    Etymology: delego, Latin.

    As God hath imprinted his authority in several parts upon several estates of men, as princes, parents, spiritual guides; so he hath also delegated and committed part of his care and providence unto them. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    We are to remember, that as God is the universal monarch of the world, so we have all the relation of fellow-subjects to him; and can pretend no farther jurisdiction over each other, than what he has delegated to us. Decay of Piety.

    Why does he wake the correspondent moon,
    And fill her willing lamp with liquid light,
    Commanding her, with delegated pow’rs,
    To beautify the world, and bless the night? Matthew Prior.


  1. delegate

    A delegate is a person or group of people who are appointed or elected to represent and act on behalf of others, usually in a specific official capacity or for a particular purpose. Delegates are often granted the authority to make decisions, negotiate, or vote on behalf of the individuals or organizations they represent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Delegatenoun

    any one sent and empowered to act for another; one deputed to represent; a chosen deputy; a representative; a commissioner; a vicar

  2. Delegatenoun

    one elected by the people of a territory to represent them in Congress, where he has the right of debating, but not of voting

  3. Delegatenoun

    one sent by any constituency to act as its representative in a convention; as, a delegate to a convention for nominating officers, or for forming or altering a constitution

  4. Delegateadjective

    sent to act for or represent another; deputed; as, a delegate judge

  5. Delegateverb

    to send as one's representative; to empower as an ambassador; to send with power to transact business; to commission; to depute; to authorize

  6. Delegateverb

    to intrust to the care or management of another; to transfer; to assign; to commit

  7. Etymology: [L. delegatus, p. p.]


  1. Delegate

    A delegate is someone who speaks or acts on behalf of an organization at a meeting or conference between organizations of the same level.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Delegate

    del′e-gāt, v.t. to send as a legate or representative: to entrust or commit to.—n. one who is delegated: a deputy or representative: (U.S.) a person elected to represent a territory in congress, as distinguished from the representatives of the States.—adj. delegated, deputed.—ns. Delegā′tion, Del′egacy, a delegating: the persons delegated. [L. de, away, and legare, -ātum, to send as ambassador.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    From Eng. _dally_, to loaf, and Fr. _gate_, spoiled. A spoiled loafer.

Editors Contribution

  1. delegate

    A person elected to a form of unity assembly, unity council, unity legislature, unity senate, unity house of representatives, unity government, local unity government, regional unity government, national unity government, european unity government and international unity government to communicate the collective voice of the people who voted for that person.

    The delegate was elected for the fifth time.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 9, 2020  

  2. delegate

    To assign a task to a person.

    They did delegate the task to the relevant person.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 2, 2020  

Suggested Resources

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delegate' in Nouns Frequency: #1924

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delegate in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delegate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of delegate in a Sentence

  1. Spokesman Colonel Steve Warren:

    If the (American) JTAK says, 'Put a bomb there,’ no questions are asked, that is not something we are going to delegate to anyone other than Americans. Period.

  2. Sean Spicer:

    I say to Dr. Carson, 'Don't worry, your prayers have been answered,' it was a dinner where the subject was how the delegate selection process works. ... At the end of that dinner, there were a lot of questions asked.

  3. Jason Ballard:

    I am deeply disappointed that Chris Hurst has decided to end his campaign in such a reckless way, his latest misstep is yet another reason why he doesn't deserve another term as Delegate. I, on the other hand, will remain laser focused on the issues that matter most to the people of the 12th District. I will always strive to set a good and positive example for my children and the fine people of the New River Valley.

  4. Nathan Gonzales:

    We’re not used to talking about California being an important state in the general or primary election -- particularly the Republican side in the primaries. But this year, every delegate matters, and California, which is sitting right at the end of the calendar on June 7, is a huge prize.

  5. Ronald Reagan:

    Surround yourself with the best people you can find, delegate authority, and don't interfere.

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Translations for delegate

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  • مندوب, فوض, موفدArabic
  • упълномощавам, делегат, делегирам, представителBulgarian
  • delegat, delegadaCatalan, Valencian
  • delegát, delegovatCzech
  • Delegierter, Abgeordneter, VertreterGerman
  • delegada, diputar, delegadoSpanish
  • نماینده, سپردن, تفویض کردنPersian
  • edustajaFinnish
  • délégué, déléguée, déléguerFrench
  • riochdaire, neach-ionaidScottish Gaelic
  • נציג, בא-כוחHebrew
  • प्रतिनिधिHindi
  • delegato, delegataInterlingua
  • melimpahkanIndonesian
  • delegareItalian
  • נָצִיגHebrew
  • 使節, 代表, 代理人Japanese
  • delegatusLatin
  • afgevaardigde, gedelegeerdeDutch
  • delegatPolish
  • delegada, delegadoPortuguese
  • представи́тельница, поручи́ть, уполномо́чить, представи́тель, уполномо́чивать, поруча́ть, делега́т, делеги́ровать, делега́ткаRussian
  • delegatSwedish
  • delegeTurkish

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